§ 2. Mr. Hooley
asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is the current annual rate of public expenditure in alternative, non-nuclear, energy sources in each of the EEC countries, converted as near as possible to £ sterling at the present rate of exchange.
§ Mr. Mellor
[pursuant to his oral reply, 26 July 1982, c. 728]: Preliminary figures from the IEA show the following Government expenditure on renewables in 1981:
£ million Germany 30.4 United Kingdom 15.1 Italy 13.2 Netherlands 7.9 Belgium 4.6 Greece 4.6 Denmark 3.0 Ireland 2.0
Note: The exchange rates used were annual averages for 1981 from the IMF International Financial Statistics.
For France the latest available figure is £72.2 million for 1980 expenditure by Government and public 440W institutions—French National Report to the 1981 United Nations Conference on New and Renewable Sources of Energy A/CONF.100/NR/7.